Finance & Cost Control Graduate

Are you ready to progress your talents and ambitions in a supportive, high performing, high growth company? If so, then please apply as you are exactly the DNA we want on our team.

Exceed has a unique opportunity for graduate level candidates to embark on a graduate development programme within our busy finance and cost control departments based in our Aberdeen office, supporting our UK and international operations.

Initially you will be supporting the finance department, and, in this role, you will be exposed to all aspects of accounting: recording, reporting, analysing and predicting. You will then gain future exposure within the Cost Control department, and in this role you will support Wells Engineers with preparation of AFEs, daily cost control, monthly financial inputs, contract administration and cooperate with Logistics Coordinators.

This is a graduate level role which will provide a solid foundation for all aspects of financial accounting and cost control within an industry leading organisation. Exceed is committed to supporting your professional development and career growth, and the successful candidate will also be supported through their preferred ACCA, CIMA, or specialist/international tax accreditations.

Please select ‘Apply Now’ and take the next step in your career.

Job Specification:


Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the department through the collection, processing, recording and reconciliation of financial data, verifying the validity, completeness and accuracy of source documentation pertaining to accounts payable.
  • Assisting with the provision of retrospective information (accounts, reports, and billing log) to support financial decision-making and the timely meeting of supplier payment terms.
  • Help maintain and complete necessary records and ensure the accuracy and integrity of financial information.
  • Wider finance department tasks incorporating accounts receivable activities; treasury aspects and management accountant period end duties.

Financial accounting & accounts payable support:

  • Receiving and reviewing AP invoices for compliance with Company’s AP requirements and rejecting any that are non-compliant.
  • Processing and uploading compliant AP invoices in NetSuite ERP system, including any reallocation or prepayment journals that are required.
  • Receiving, investigating and responding to supplier queries, including liaising with operations and purchasing departments to resolve AP queries.
  • Review and reconcile supplier statements and contacting supplier to resolve queries.
  • Prepare month end reconciliation of Accounts Payable Ledger, including Aged Creditors listing.
  • Assisting with company time writing coordination and capture.

Cost Control

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting the wells project team with preparation of cost estimates for client AFEs and projects in conjunction with the Lead Cost Controller.
  • Supporting the review and processing of invoices to ensure compliance with the commercial terms of contracts and correct coding of costs.
  • Ensuring that cost commitment and forecast expenditure is being reviewed and reported on a daily basis during drilling operations and ensuring that all information is accurate and correctly input.
  • Assisting in preparing the timely and accurate preparation of monthly Value of Work Done (VOWD) cost estimates and monthly/quarterly re-forecasts.
  • Assisting in the Completion Well Reconciliations ensuring that any variances are identified, investigated and resolved.
  • Supporting the contracts and procurement team in the contracting and procurement of drilling materials and services, ensuring that C&P activity falls within planned budgets and that drilling requisitions are coded correctly.
  • Supporting the Wells Engineers and contracts and procurement team in the preparation and issuing of call off orders (COO).
  • Providing any and all necessary support during routine audits of well costs by corporate auditors, partners, and statutory auditors.
  • Implementing the required invoicing and call off/purchase order procedure for clients.

Working relationships:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships internally with project managers, cost control, legal and finance teams.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships externally with support providers, vendors, customers, and other international bodies and agencies.


  • Accounting/Economics Degree or Diploma.
  • Ideally experience in a similar role, but not essential.


  • Team player able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the business.
  • Adaptable and able to manage workload, often multiple tasks and changing priorities, effectively under pressure.
  • Detail conscious with strong organisational and administrative skills.
  • Firm knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Notice to Third Party Recruitment Agencies

Please note that EXCEED does not accept unsolicited CVs from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of an executed agreement between EXCEED and such recruiter or employment agency, there will be no obligation to any referral compensation or recruiter fee.

In the event a recruiter or agency submits a CV or candidate without an agreement, EXCEED shall explicitly reserve the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.